This photograph features an older African American gentleman. He is nicely dressed in fancy clothing. Note his long coat. The gentleman appears to be displaying a friendly half smile. He has one hand on his hip; surely, he was told to pose in that manner. The reason for such instruction is not clear. The photographic studio that produced this image is Shadle & Busser of York, Pennsylvania. James Monroe Shadle was born in 1861 in Freeport, Pennsylvania. Oscar W. Busser died of Brights Disease at age 61, in 1921. The studio that bared their names was located at 20 South George Street (1887-1902), 44 South George Street (1903-1925), and 58 South Beaver Street (1925-1936). All of these locations were in York. To view other early photographs of African Americans, click on the category of “African Americans”.   (SOLD)


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  1. This is the Rev. J.H. Hector. You can read more about him and his visit to York, PA in this article: http://www.ydr.com/story/news/history/blogs/yorkspast/2016/02/17/york-john-brown/80520742/

    • Thank you for identifying the subject of this photograph and the accompanying fascinating information.

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